Keen Footwear: New age gear for old school endeavours
Keen sent me out a pair of their latest hiking boots to try out – and these babies were top banana, but what made them so good?
Let’s delve right in shall we?
Who are Keen?
Keen are a footwear brand that have been on the go since 2003, which is over 15 years ago, despite it feeling like yesterday, which makes me feel very, very old.
They’re dedicated to protecting feet first and foremost, even developing sandals for that purpose – bloody sandals that protect your tootsies!
Anyway, I am a huge fan of their hiking boot range, which is why I got in touch a while back to see if they’d be up for a lil’ collab with yours truly.
Luckily, they were keen.
What did I get?
I got a pair of their brand spanking new hiking shoes in green – ya boi loves green.
These shoes were called Venture Waterproof which in and of itself is a reason for purchase, I mean, how sick is that name?
Anyway, these are sturdy, look fantastic and do the business.
The following are my thoughts after about a month of testing.
I could wax lyrical for yonks about these but I won’t bore you too much.
Here’s 3 of my favourites bits.
Extremely well built
This is probably the most predictable one of the bunch.
Being well built is one of hallmarks of the greats – take me for example.
Keen are famed for their build quality and the Ventures are no different. Being waterproof is a huge bonus, but on top of that, they have held up incredibly well during testing and the Continental soles have been nothing but 10/10 since they came out the box.
Hiking boots are usually a bit butters aren’t they?
Picking your shoe of choice is much like being in in a bar at 3am when the lights come on – anything will do – regardless of aesthetics.
But Keen have bucked the trend.
These hiking shoes actually look really smart. They photograph well, but they’re also great to look at IRL as too, which is always a positive, especially when you’re on a descent and spend a lot of time looking towards the floor.
Hiking boots are famed for their rigidity, sturdiness, blah, blah, blah, but one thing they’re not always so hot on is comfort.
It’s well known that you should ideally wear hiking socks to offset this, but I found that I could quite easily wear trainer socks with these such was the levels of support I was getting.
I tested them out walking around town, etc, but also on a trek up Moel Famau without any sort of blistering or discomfort, which is what every boot should be striving for.
There’s only one here…
A bit pricey
They’re a tad pricey, at just over £100.
Despite this though, they justify it in every area with ease. But, if you go on about one hike every year or two, maybe you don’t need such an advanced pair.
For anyone that does love to hike regularly though, the price per wear and what you get back from these shoes is worth every penny.
Apart from that, there’s not much else that I can mark them down for.
Overall, Keen’s Venture Waterproof hiking boots have completely met the lofty expectations I had of them.
If you’re after your next pair of hiking boots and want all the bells and whistles of a top of the range brand, give Keen a go.